Bisons rally past Braves, 4-3

Three-run eighth inning gives Buffalo road win.

By Blake Arlington / Buffalo Bisons | May 7, 2012 6:49 PM ET

In danger of losing their third straight game, the comeback kids did what they do best.

Rob Johnson's two-run single with two outs in the top of the eighth inning gave the Bisons a 4-3 victory Monday night in the opening game of a four-game series against Gwinnett at Coolray Field.

The win was Buffalo's 12th comeback triumph already this season, accounting for two-thirds of the club's 18 wins overall.

In the latest edition, the Bisons trailed 3-1 thanks to solid work from the 2011 International League's Most Valuable Pitcher, Julio Teheran. Buffalo was 0-8 with runners in scoring position and in danger of wasting Dustin Martin's one-out single in the eighth inning.

Josh Satin drew a two-out walk and Matt Tuiasosopo battled back from down 0-2 in the count to earn another free pass from Gwinnett reliever Jaye Champman. Fred Lewis had an easier time drawing his walk, watching four pitches sail outside the zone to force in a run.

Down 3-2, Johnson gave the Bisons their only lead of the game with a single through the left side of the infield. Buffalo's only hit with runners in scoring position gave the Herd a 4-3 advantage.

Fernando Cabrera nailed down Elvin Ramirez's first Triple-A win with his seventh save of the season. Ramirez came on with the bases loaded in the seventh inning and struck out Josh Wilson on four pitches.

Chris Schwinden started for Buffalo in his first game since a two-start stint with the Mets. He struck out eight batters but left after five innings with a 2-1 deficit.

Buffalo scored their first run of the game in the third inning on Martin's sacrifice fly.

BISONS NOTES: Jordany Valdespin hadn't gotten to Buffalo before receiving his second promotion on Monday. He was optioned on Sunday for D. J. Carrasco but returned to New York before being activated by Buffalo to replace the injured Ruben Tejada. Valdespin hit a pinch hit three-run home run (his first major league hit) in the ninth inning of a 5-2 Mets win in Philadelphia...A day after Sunday's off day, the Bisons used six pitchers including Jeff Stevens, Josh Edgin and Justin Hampson.

-the herd-

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